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WKCE Test Practice 2

GRADE 10

Language Arts

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WKCE Test Practice 2
Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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Throughout the world architect’s wonders have been built to honor gods, kings, and rulers. There
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are few buildings, however, built to honor the love of a wife. The Taj Mahal one of the seven wonders
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of the world, located in Agra, India is one of the most beautiful monuments to romantic love. Shah Jehan, a descendent of the Turks and the Mongols, in honor of his wife, Arjumand Banu, who later became known as Mumtaz Mahal, ordered the Taj to be built. Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan were
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married in 1612. The Shah had waited five years to marry her. The court poets of the day said that, “her beauty was so great that the moon hid its face in shame.” 1 A architect wonders B architectural wonders C architecture wonders D Best as is 2 A The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world located in Agra, India is one of the most beautiful monuments to romantic love. B The Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, located in Agra, India, is one of the most beautiful monuments to romantic love. C The Taj Mahal; one of the seven wonders of the world, located in Agra, India is one of the most beautiful monuments to romantic love. D Best as is 3 Please write this sentence in your own words.

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A The court poets’ of the day said, “that her beauty was so great that the moon hid its face in shame.” B The court poets of the day “said that her beauty was so great that the moon hid its face in shame”. C The court poets of the day said, “Her beauty was so great that the moon hid its face in shame.” D Best as is

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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For eighteen years, the Empress was his confidant and his adored wife. She accompanied him on all of his military campaigns, advised him in foreign policy, and encouraged him to be charitable to the poor and unfortunate. Mumtaz Muhal died in birthing the Shah’s fourteenth child in the year 1630.
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After her death, the Shah, grief-stricken, ordered the country to mourn for two years. He announced the building of a mausoleum on Earth to honor his wife and his love for her. This would become one
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of the biggest architectural undertakings in the world. When the construction began in 1630 sculptors calligraphers masons and artisans were summoned from Persia and Europe to work on this architectural masterpiece. 5 The word confidant means. A someone who has confidence. B someone to tell everything to. C someone you like to travel with. D none of the above. 6 Why do you think that this information is significant in the life of Mumtaz Muhul? 8 A When the construction began in 1630, sculptors calligraphers masons and artisans were summoned from Persia and Europe to work on this architectural masterpiece. B When the construction began in 1630; sculptors, calligraphers, masons and artisans were summoned from Persia and Europe to work on this architectural masterpiece. C When the construction began in 1630: sculptors, calligraphers, masons, and artisans were summoned from Persia and Europe to work on this architectural masterpiece. D When the construction began in 1630, sculptors, calligraphers, masons, and artisans were summoned from Persia and Europe to work on this architectural masterpiece.

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Combine these two sentences: After her death, the Shah, grief-stricken, ordered the country to mourn for two years. He announced the building of a mausoleum on Earth to honor his wife and his love for her.

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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The site for the Taj Mahal was chosen near the capital city, Agra on the southwest bank of the
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River Yamuna. The architectural complex are created to represent the gardens of Paradise. Thier are five main parts to the Taj Majal: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha or garden, the Masjid or mosque, the Naqqar Khana or rest house, and the Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum. The tomb of
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the lovers is located in the Taj. The building is made out of white pristine marble. The floor is an impressive black and white chessboard marble, an element of Persian architecture. There are four tall minarets at the corners of the structure, and a majestic dome in the middle, which reflects Asian influence. 9 What is the error in this sentence? A Subject/Verb agreement B Capitalization C Punctuation D none of the above 10 A The architectural complex created to represent the gardens of Paradise. B The architectural complex is created to represent the gardens of Paradise. C The architectural complex was created to represent the gardens of Paradise. D The architectural complex creates to represent the gardens of Paradise. 13 12 11 A They’re B There are C The D Best as is A parts to the Taj Mahal; B parts to the Taj Mahal, C parts to the Taj Mahal D Best as is A constructed from B consists of C creates from D none of the above
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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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The level of intricacy in the artwork on the walls of the Taj Mahal becomes obvious when one
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realizes that a one-inch decorative element contains more than 50 inlaid gemstones. The carvings in the marble resemble carved vases of flowers with roses tulips narcissus and are inlaid with precious stones.
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In addition to the actual architectural structure, real gardens leading up to the tomb that are filled
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with all of the flowers that grow in India. Its a beautiful place where artists, students, elderly people, couples, and tourists come to read, visit, and enjoy the beauty of the architecture. The Taj Mahal is an
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exquisite example of the architectural work of the 1600s. If you get a chance, go see it for yourself! 14 What does this sentence tell you about the Shah’s commitment to the beauty of the Taj Mahal? 16 A are leading B lead C will lead D Best as is 17 A It’s B Its’ C I’ts D Best as is 18 In your own words, write a better conclusion to this piece on the Taj Mahal. 15 A The carvings in the marble resemble: carved vases of flowers with roses tulips narcissus and are inlaid with precious stones. B The carvings in the marble resemble, carved vases of flowers with roses tulips, narcissus and are inlaid with special stones. C The carvings in the marble resemble vases carved with roses, tulips, and narcissus, and are inlaid with precious stones. D Best as is
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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter of your answer. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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Many people believe that skateboarding was a sport invented in the late eighties when in fact, skateboards date back to the early 1900s. Them boards were constructed of roller skate wheels
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attached to a two by four. The wood had a handle bar sticking out of it for control. In several decades,
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the bar was removed and kids started cruising on two by fours with steel wheels. Therefore, this design changed to the board and the wheels. 19 A Many people believed that skateboarding was a sport invented in the late eighties when in fact, skateboards date back to the early 1900s. B Many people believe that skateboarding, was a sport invented in the late eighties, when in fact, skateboards date back to the early 1900s. C Many people believe that skateboarding was a sport invented in the late eighties, when in fact, skateboards date back to the early 1900s. D Many people believe that skateboarding sport invented in the late eighties, when in fact skateboards date back to the early 1900s. 22 20 A They B These C Those D Best as is 21 A decade is how many years? A five B ten C fifteen D twenty A Eventually B Therefore C On the other hand D Best as is

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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In the 1950s, surfing the waves became a popularly increasingly sport. People picked up
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skateboards to practice surfing. As balancing your body is required in both sports. In 1960, however, Larry Stevenson started to promote skateboarding in it self. Larry created a company called Makaha, which designed the first professional boards, and put together the first professional team to promote the product.
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The first skateboard contest recorded at the Pier Avenue Junior School in Hermosa, California, in 1963. By 1965, international contests, movies (Skater Dater), a magazine (The Quarterly Skateboarder), and cross-country trips by teams of skateboarders elevated the sport to enormous heights.
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Consequently, more than fifty million boards were sold in the next three years. Because it looked like skateboarding was here to stay, the first big setback skateboarding had was due to inferior product.
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There were so many injuries due to skateboarding on clay wheels that cities started to ban the sport. 23 A In the 1950s, surfing the waves became an increasingly popular sport. B In the 1950s, surfing the waves began an increasingly sport. C In the 1950s surfing the waves became a increasingly populous sport. D Best as is 24 This is a
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A The first skateboard contest recorded, at the Pier Avenue Junior School, in Hermosa, California in 1963. B The first skateboarding contest recorded at the Pier Avenue Junior School in Hermosa California in 1963. C The first skateboarding contest was recorded at the Pier Avenue Junior School in Hermosa, California, in 1963. D The first skateboard contest at the Pier Avenue Junior School in Hermosa, California, in 1963.

A run-on sentence. B comma-splice. C fragment. D compound sentence. 25 A In 1960, Larry Stevenson started to promote skateboarding and himself. B In 1960, Larry Stevenson started to promote skateboarding alone. C In 1960, Larry Stevenson started to promote skateboarding by itself. D Best as is 28 27

A Now B Then C Although D Best as is A Their were B They’re C They were D Best as is

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter of your answer. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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Skateboarding become an underground sport. However, there were three developments that
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helped revive the sport and make it less dangerous.
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Larry Stevenson’s invented the kicktail. A surfer named Frank Nasworthy developed a skateboard
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with wheels made from urethane, which hugged the street more than the clay wheels ever did. After the different urethane wheels, Road Rider came out with the first bearing wheel ending the loose ball
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bearing. Skateboarding has become a sport that is not any more harmful than football or soccer. Improvements from the wheels, to the length of the board, have insured riders the safest ride possible. 29 A becomes B became C because D Best as is 30 What does the word revive mean? A vivacious B enthusiastic C a lot of fun D none of the above 31 A Larry Stevenson invents the kicktail. B Larry Stevenson invented the kicktail. C Larry Stevenson’s invents the kicktail.
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A Instead of B In addition to C Because of D Best as is

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A no more harmful B know more harmful C no harmful more D Best as is

D Best as is

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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Skateboarding today is a thriving sport, and skateboards are a marketable product. There are several types of skateboards enthusiasts can buy. They also can buy skateboarding shoes, clothes, and
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stickers to put on the skateboards. There also are parks devoted to skateboarding, and formal
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competitions are held all over the world. Skateboarding has come a long way since the early 1800s. 34 A Today, skateboarding is B Skateboarding, today is C Skateboarding today, D Best as is 35 A Their are B There were C There was D Best as is 36 Enthusiasts in this context means A excited. B happy. C fans. D surfers. 37 A There are also parks devoted to skateboarding: formal competitions are held all over the world B There are also parks devoted to skateboarding formal competitions are held all over the world. C There are also parks devoted to skateboarding. Formal competitions are held all over the world. D Best as is 38 A Skateboarding came a long way since the early 1800s. B Skateboarding comes a long way since the early 1800s. C Skateboarding have come a long ways since the early 1800s. D Best as is 39 In your own words, write a short overview of why skateboarding is now an acceptable and popular sport in most cities in the world. Write in complete sentences and check for spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”

When Christopher Columbus returned to Queen Isabella in Spain to tell her of the news of a
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“New World,” he inspired the minds, imaginations and greeds of Spanish priests and treasure hunters alike. These men, who were driven by ambition, patriotism, and religious fervor, conquered ancient
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civilizations and their gold and silver mines of untold wealth. Throughout the following decades, ships traveled back and forth from South America to Spain carrying gold, silver, emeralds, and other
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precious commodities discovered in the New World. A mountain alone proved to be the richest silver mine in history, producing 60 million pounds of gold and silver in just 50 years. Emeralds and pearls from Columbia and Venezuela poured forth by the shipload. A treasure trove was discovered and looted. 40 A minds, imagination, and greediness B minds, imagination, and greedy C minds, imaginations, and greed D Best as is. 41 A Throughout the following decades: Ships traveled back and forth from South America to Spain carrying gold, silver, emeralds, and other precious commodities discovered in the New World. B Throughout the following decades, ships traveled back and forth from South America to Spain: carrying gold, silver, emeralds, and other precious commodities discovered in the New World. C Throughout the following decades; ships traveled back and forth from South America to Spain carrying gold silver emeralds and other precious commodities discovered in the New World. D Best as is. 42 A One Mountain alone proved to be the richest silver mine in history, producing 60 million pounds of gold and silver in just 50 years. B One mountain alone proved to be the richest silver mine in history, producing 60 million pounds of gold and silver in just 50 years. C A mountain alone, proved to be the richest silver mine in history, producing 60 million pounds of gold and silver in just 50 years. D Best as is. 43 How do you think this enormous amount of wealth changed the country of Spain?
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44 How do you think the Spanish conquests of the South American countries affected the people who lived there?

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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To transport this enormous volume of treasure, was no easy feat. Huge ships were built to sail the
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various oceans to gather the riches of these lands to bring back to Spain. The Atocha was built in 1620 in Havana, Cuba. The Atocha was designed not as a treasure fleet, but as a guard galleon for fleets. However, her sophisticated accommodations made her the choice of nobility, government officials, and wealthy merchants. As these passengers came aboard for the return voyage back to Spain, the ship became severely overcrowded with people, gold, silver, jewels, and precious personal belongings. Wealthy merchants sold linens, porcelain, jewelry, and a variety of other goods in the
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A To transport this enormous volume of treasure: was no easy feat. B To transport this enormous volume of treasure was no easy feat. C To transport, this enormous volume of treasure was, no easy feat. D Best as is.

47 Choose the sentence that best fills the blank in the paragraph. A The amount of wealth on the Atocha was immense. B The amount of wealth on the Atocha wasn’t that much. C The amount of people on the Atocha outweighed the amount of wealth. D The amount of silver on the Atocha outweighed the amount of gold. 48 Choose the sentence that is not relevant to the passage.

46 Combine the following sentences: The Atocha was built in 1620 in Havana, Cuba. The Atocha was designed not as a treasure fleet, but as a guard galleon for fleets.

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.” On September 6, 1622, just two days after leaving port, the Atocha and five other ships were
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swept by gale forces to the Florida Keys. One by one these ships were grounded and wrecked, including the gallant Atocha: the private galleon Nuestra Senora del Rosario, the Santa Margarita, a Portuguese slaver, and a small ship serving as the fleet’s tender. Two black slaves and three seamen
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were the only survivors of the Atocha. They described the wreck in harrowing detail: With her foremast gone and the sails tattered, the high stern castle caught the wind and sped the ship backwards through the seas. Lifted high on a wave, the Atocha smashed violently down onto a coral reef, ripping great holes in her hull. The seas are dangerous and scary to most people. Two hundred
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sixty crew members and passengers were killed when the ship quickly sank. Only five men, who had tied themselves to the riggings, were saved. 49 A One by one these ships were grounded and wrecked, including the gallant Atocha: the private galleon Nuestra Senora del Rosario: the Santa Margarita: a Portuguese slaver and a small ship serving as the fleet’s tender. B One by one these ships were grounded and wrecked, including the gallant Atocha; the private galleon Nuestra Senora del Rosario; the Santa Margarita; a Portuguese slaver and a small ship serving as the fleet’s tender. C One by one these ships were grounded and wrecked, including the gallant Atocha, the private galleon Nuestra Senora del Rosario, the Santa Margarita, a Portuguese slaver, and a small ship serving as the fleet’s tender. D Best as is. 53 Write the topic sentence for this paragraph. 50 What does the word harrowing mean? A traumatic B interesting C funny D none of the above 51 From the context of the sentence, where do you think “riggings” are on the ship?

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52 What sentence does not belong in this paragraph?

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Directions: Read each passage. Choose the best way to write each numbered section and mark the letter for your answer. For constructed response questions, answer in complete sentences using correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar. If the section needs no change, mark the choice “Best as is.”
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For seventy years, Spain tried unsuccessfully to rescue the treasure lost from the Atocha, but it would not be until 1985, almost 363 years later, that her treasure would be brought from the ocean’s
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sandy bottom. After searching for 16 years, Mel Fischer and his crew found, 40 miles off the coast of Key West, millions of dollars in gems, silver, gold coins and bars, and untold artifacts valuing over
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millions of dollars. One emerald alone value at 2,000,000 dollars. 54 A For seventy years Spain tried unsuccessfully to rescue the treasure lost from the Atocha but it would not be until 1985 almost 363 years later, that her treasure would be brought from the ocean’s sandy bottom. B For seventy years Spain tried unsuccessfully, to rescue the treasure lost from the Atocha but it would not be until 1985 almost 363 years later, that her treasure would be brought from the ocean’s sandy bottom. C For seventy years Spain tried unsuccessfully to rescue the treasure lost from the Atocha but it would not be until 1985 almost 363 years later, that her treasure would be brought, from the ocean’s sandy bottom. D Best as is.
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A One emerald alone values at 2,000,000 dollars. B One emerald alone valued at 2,000,000 dollar. C One emerald alone value 2,000,000. D Best as is.

57 Write a concluding paragraph that sums up this piece on Spanish ships and the Atocha.

55 Rewrite this sentence in your own words.

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58 William Ernest Henley wrote in his poem “Invictus,” I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. In a persuasive essay for a general audience, express your opinion on whether you think our lives are influenced by our own devices or by forces beyond our control. Please use specific examples to prove your argument.

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